Housing Benefit is a payment you can receive to assist you with the rent you are liable to pay for the property you occupy. It is only available to those on a low income or receiving benefits and have savings less than £16,000. However, if you are in receipt of the Guarantee Credit of Pension Credit we will not take into consideration the level of capital you have (even if it exceeds £16,000) therefore you are likely to be entitled to Housing Benefit.
Housing Benefit is available whether you work, are unemployed or retired. How much you are entitled to will depend on your circumstances.
If you rent your home from a private landlord and you are eligible for Housing Benefit, the amount of benefit you can receive is based on Local Housing Allowance rules.
Housing Benefit should cover any service charges that must be paid if you are living at that property such as maintaining a communal area. It does not cover costs such as heating, water, gas or electricity.
Universal Credit Full Service areas of The Anglia Revenues Partnership:
Universal Credit Full Service has been introduced within some postcode areas of The Anglia Revenues Partnership including parts of St Edmundsbury Borough Council, Forest Heath District Council, East Cambridgeshire District Council & Breckland Council.
Universal Credit is fully rolled out in Suffolk Coastal, Waveney District Council and Fenland District Council areas.
For customers in receipt of Universal Credit, Housing Costs will be paid within the Universal Credit award and will replace Housing Benefit.
Further information about Universal Credit and to find out whether Universal Credit Full Service is available in your area go to our Universal Credit page.